Michigan HC Juwan Howard in mix to land ‘Next Chris Webber’

Every since Juwan Howard took over as head coach at the University of Michigan, nothing but good things have happened.

Not only is Howard winning basketball games but his recruiting has been top-notch. In fact, the Wolverines have the No. 1 recruiting class coming in for the 2021-22 season.

But Howard may just be getting started as he could be on the verge of landing the “next Chris Webber.”

That player is Jalen Duren, who, according to 247 Sports, is the No. 2 ranked player in the Class of 2022.

Duren, who is 6-10, 230 lbs, has been compared to Howard's former Fab Five teammate, Chris Webber.

“The first time I ever talked to him he said that about Chris Webber,” Duren said.

“I went and watched clips of him, and I had to agree,” Duren said. “Just the way he moves and his versatility; I saw what people meant. It's an honor to get that comparison. It was cool to hear from a guy like Coach Juwan who played with him.”

Duren’s released his final 11 last week and Michigan made the cut along with Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Penn State, UCLA, and Villanova. He is also considering pro-options with the G League and the NBL.

“I’m just taking my time with everything right now,” Duren said. “Just gathering all the information I can to make the best decision when the time comes.” 

This would be a HUGE get for Juwan Howard and the Wolverines but most seem to believe he will go pro.